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Retiro e Ritmo

by Mata Atlantica

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JP Rossi
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JP Rossi It s a wonderful piece of art. Very Hassel-esque (or Zazou-esque) in many ways but with strong touches of fusion and jazz that go as far as hints of Duke Ellington suites.
The harmonies are beautifully intoxicating. I was drawn into the groove of Sempre O Mesmo. I was hypnotized by the mesmerizing Mata. I melted on Candles Of Brazil ... and landed peacefully on "O Fim Del Mundo".
A sumptuous album to cherish. It's the perfect soundtrack for a warm indian summer. Favorite track: Sempre O Mesmo.
Jose Zegarra Holder
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Jose Zegarra Holder With the support of several lead voices Mata Atlântica is an adventurous blend of subliminal sounds and ambient beats, minimalistic piano, bass and double bass, winds, saxophone alongside forest field recordings, and grooving percussions, resulting in a captivating sound. But its genius lies in Markus Reuter’s ability to weave such densely textured tropical cocktail into something wholly organic, subtle, and alive. Favorite track: Mata.
Carsten Pieper
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Carsten Pieper Hard to believe that this wonderful "environmental jazz" album isn't the product of musicians playing together in one room (or at least one studio), but more a kind of musical chain letter glued together by Markus Reuter to these impressive sonic collages (ambient sounds from the endangered Brazilian coastal region included). Delightful food for the ears and the mind! Favorite track: Quando Como Aranhas.
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This album was inspired by my trip to Bahia, to the coastal rainforest of Brazil, the Mata Atlântica, an ecoregion even richer in species than the Amazon, but of which more than 90% is destroyed, and the rest is highly fragmented. The beauty and lushness of this nature, its colors and its sounds, its wildness, but also its vulnerability, have never left me since. Its diversity and complexity have inspired us to create this musical homage. From contributions of many wonderful musicians my friend Markus Reuter has created this manifold collage, a sonic biotope, which tries to do justice to the magic of this region. We are part of nature, it is part of us. Let us respect what sustains us! Let‘s protect what we love! — Mathias Derer

If you want to support the protection of the Mata Atlântica and the preservation of its biodiversity, you can do so here: www.amap-brazil.org/en

1 Candles in Brazil
Music by Reuter/Derer/Husband/Reber/Preuschl/Pupato
featuring Charlotte Pelgen: vocals
Graça Cunha: vocals, Aralee Dorough: flute
Words by Emily Dickinson and João Cabral de Melo Neto

2 Quando como aranhas
Music by Reuter/Derer/Husband/Reber/Preuschl/Pupato
featuring Aralee Dorough: flutes, Colin Gatwood: oboes

3 Sempre o mesmo
Music by Reuter/Derer/Husband/Reber/Preuschl/Pupato/Gley
featuring Zoey Gley: vocals, Lisa Fletcher: vocals
Brian Kock: saxophones and flute
Words by Zoey Gley and Mathias Derer

4 Mata
Music by Reuter/Derer/Husband/Reber/Preuschl/Pupato/Krock
featuring Deborah Carter Mastelotto: vocals, Lisa Fletcher: vocals
Brian Krock: soprano saxophone and flute
Words by Rudyard Kipling and Joyce Kilmer

5 Se deus quiser
Music by Reuter/Derer/Husband/Reber/Preuschl/Pupato/Calabrese
featuring Luca Calabrese: pocket trumpet, Pat Mastelotto: spoken word
Words by Lord Byron

6 Um beijo selvagem
Music by Reuter/Derer/Husband/Reber/Preuschl/Pupato/Krock
featuring Graça Cunha: vocals, Brian Krock: clarinet
Words by Cláudio Manuel da Costa

7 O fim do mundo
Music by Reuter
featuring Markus Reuter: Touch Guitar Soundscapes, Andi Pupato: Metals


released November 18, 2022

Markus Reuter: Synthesizers, Samples, Treatments,
Soundscapes, Field Recordings
Tobias Reber: Electronic Rhythms
Raphael Preuschl: Basses
Gary Husband: Keyboards
Andi Pupato: Percussion
Brian Krock: Saxophones and Flute
Luca Calabrese: Pocket Trumpet
Aralee Dorough: Flute
Colin Gatwood: Oboes
Charlotte Pelgen: Vocals
Zoey Gley: Vocals
Graça Cunha: Vocals
Lisa Fletcher: Vocals
Deborah Carter Mastelotto: Vocals
Pat Mastelotto: Voice
Markus Mauthe: Field Recordings
Christian Wolff: Field Recordings

Arranged, orchestrated, and produced by Markus Reuter
Executive producer: Mathias Derer
Mixed by Stefano Castagna at Ritmo&Blu Studio
Mastered by Lee Fletcher

Album artwork by Bernhard Wöstheinrich
Cover photos by Markus Mauthe
Booklet photos by Lars Richter and Patrick Böttger

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